Ever heard of a baseball team called The Mavericks? Yeah, me, neither. But if “Fast and Furious” director Justin Lin has his way, we’ll be hearing a lot about that team in a few years.
The director has won remake rights to the documentary “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way, about the creation of an independent baseball team in Portland called the Mavericks.
The documentary “chronicles the story of the late Bing Russell (a Hollywood veteran best known for playing Deputy Clem on Bonanza), who in 1973 created the only independent baseball team in America at the time, the Portland Mavericks. Bing operated without Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball. Tryouts for the Mavericks, which were open to the public, were filled with hopefuls who arrived in droves from every state in America, many of whom had been rejected by organized baseball.”
If the name sounds familiar, Bing Russell is also the father of movie star Kurt Russell, who actually played for the team. Russell will join Lin in producing the film, though it doesn’t look as if Lin will also direct.
After the doc’s premiere at Sundance, a lot of folks were scrambling for the film rights, but Lin beat out the likes of Columbia Pictures, Fox Searchlight and DreamWorks studios for it. They must have dug his ability to make nonsensical car movies about tough guys and hot girls.
Via : THR